|Xbox 360’s Getting $1,000 on Ebay?|
|Home Theater News General News|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Monday, 28 November 2005|
Flat HDTVs are selling like hotcakes but Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is the star of the Christmas 2005 selling season. With HDTV quality video games having made it to market before Sony’s pending Playstation 3 – consumers are lining up to get their hands on the sought after game system even if at a premium price.
Priced between $299 for a basic system and $399 for a premium system – people are now paying between $750 and $1,000 for the premium Xbox 360 system on online auction sites such as Ebay.com. Parents who can’t say “no” are battling with gaming geeks who simply can not wait to get the latest system into their systems.
But waiting might be the best plan. When potentially sought after new cars or the longest new golf ball are ready to be released to the marketplace, it is not uncommon to see their manufacturers release only enough supply to set the marketplace into a frenzy of demand. Who is to question their results when people are banging down doors at retailers or overpaying at eBay to get an Xbox however when you consider the fact that an Xbox 360 is pretty much a simple computer designed to sell lucrative software titles – you would have to expect the supply floodgates to open up sooner than later so that Microsoft can eat up as much of the gaming market as they can before Sony gets to market with Playstation 3.
Will Sony be able to pull of the same market demand feat? It is hard to tell. It is likely Playstation 3 will be released significantly before the 2006 holiday season but if it is based around Blu-ray and can successfully playback a nice number of movies in HDTV along with video games in HD – expect to see the same market theatrics. Home theater enthusiasts have been somewhat disappointed in the Xbox 360 system because it isn’t based on the HD-DVD platform as it was rumored nor does it have an HDMI output for video. The talk on the street with Playstation 3 is it will have two HDMI outputs which will allow gamers to dramatically expand the screen size (and or locations) that they can play in.
Sources: Cnet.com, Ebay.com